When: 21 – 22 September
Where: Beckenham Place Park, Beckenham Hill Road, BR3 1SY
During this year’s Open House urbanism director Mehron Kirk will be leading tours of the recently completed Beckenham Place Park, Lewisham’s largest green space at 96 hectares. One of the finest wildlife sites in the borough, it contains ancient woodland as well as a variety of other habitats and is a local nature reserve. Mehron will take groups around the park on Sunday at 13.00, 14.30 and 16.00, discussing our commission to improve the park’s facilities to attract a larger and more diverse audience and the challenges of restoring a large lake for wild swimming. Our comprehensive restoration scheme included improving the entrances, creating site-wide routes, enhancing the historic parkland and gardens, restoring the lake and associated wetlands, and conducting a comprehensive review of the tree stock. The park has been transformed into the largest public park in South East London, reconnecting it with its surrounding communities and providing much needed high-quality open green space.
Other BDP projects open over the weekend include Hale Village in Tottenham, National Army Museum and Royal Pharmaceutical Society as well as Leighton House Museum where we are restoring and refurbishing the Grade II listed building. Our design expands the museum to provide more visitor space, collection care, a dedicated gallery for over 700 drawings, along with a new entrance and shop.
Details of opening times can be found in the full programme openhouselondon.org.uk/